The Faculty


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Remy Wilcox, Director of Forensics


Marge Schaer is President of Pi Kappa Delta for the team


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JoAnne Rasmussen

Instructor, Speech and Drama



Team Picture

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September 1974, at the Pi Kappa Delta Initiation

Back Row: Don Bailey, Steve Cover, Al Lyon, Bill Monnette

Second Row: Michael Miller, Rick Stevenson, Larry Stone, John Stanton, John Robben

Front Row: Cat Colson, Margery Schaer, Anna Medairy, Dennis Bergvall


Whitman News

I. Whitman College in 1974-1975

A. The College added only one new faculty member.

In the Department of Philosophy, William J. Sopher was added as Associate Professor of Philosophy.

 B. Robert A. Skotheim takes over the college presidency on June 15th.

C. Al Lyon is the student body president.

D. Mrs. Wilcox and Mrs. Rasmussen are the directors of the Speech department.

E. Hue and cry is raised as ASWC apparently misplaces around $5000 and is unable to come up with any explanations

F. Medical school acceptances are up by record numbers as Whitman gains recognition among the top medical schools in the nation.

G. A “Study Improvement Lab” opens for the first time in Whitman College with the help of director Diane Shafer.

H. A 7.9% increase in tuition at the college leaves many students frustrated as many feel that the cost of a Whitman diploma is already high.


Speech Courses

The department's course descriptions reflect a focus on diction and articulation and the debate course offers argumentation training. Speech 41 and 42 were both dropped. Speech 43, 44 (forensics) was now offered every year rather than every other year.


Speech Department Description: Courses treat public speaking as a liberal art, proposing that such speaking is not a skill learned by rule but an exercise of judgment that can be no better than the speaker's understanding of the nature of the communicative acts.


SPEECH 11. Fundamentals of Speech, 3 hours.

SPEECH 14. Fundamentals of Articulation and Diction, 3 hours.

SPEECH 43, 44. Principles and Practice of Forensics, 3 hours.



December 5, 1974: Announcement of the First Annual High School Tournament

January, 1975, the first tournament occurs


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February 28, 1975: Steve Kidder, Bill Craze, Maura Walsh, Jane Foreman, Dave Troxel, Remy Wilcox (seated), Cat Colson, Mark Olson, Mike Miller, Bill Hudson, Margie Schaer, Mark Wysoski


World News

A. Halley’s Comet makes its visit to Earth after 76 years.

B. Nigeria’s fortune changes as huge numbers of oil reserves are detected scattered all around the country.

C. French Foreign Minister Michel Jobert was assassinated. An Algerian fundamentalist group claims responsibility.

D. Syria boycotts the opening session of the Geneva Peace Talks in protest of France’s retaliation against Algerian Muslim hardliners.

E. A mysterious bomb kills Carrero Blanco, President of Spain. No organization claims any responsibility.


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Team, March 1975, Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, Philadelphia

Starting from the center and going left: John Stanton, Rick Stevenson, Remy Wilcox, Gary Peterson (U Puget Sound coach), John Milnor, unknown, Michael Miller, unknown, Catherine Colson, Margorie Schaer


Team Awards

Pacific University Tournament, October 18-19, 1974

2nd Novice Expos – Alison Scott

2nd Jr. Impromptu – Steve Lindsay

3rd Novice Impromptu – Alison Scott

Finalist, Jr. Impromptu – Maura Walsh


Gonzaga University Tournament, October 26-28, 1974

2nd Jr. Debate – Maura Walsh and Steve Lindsay

Octofinalist in Jr. Debate – Steve Kidder and Bill Hudson


Washington State University Tournament, Nov. 15-16, 1974

3rd Jr. Debate – Bill Craze and Mark Wysoski

3rd Jr. Extemp – Maura Walsh

3rd Jr. Oratory – Ken Terrell

Quarter-Finalist, Jr. Debate – Dennis Bergvall and Catherine Colson

Finalist, Sr. Interp – Kent Brisby


Idaho Speech Conference, Boise State University, Feb. 7-8, 1975

1st Place tie debate - Maura Walsh and Steve Lindsay

1st Place tie debate – Steve Kidder and Bill Hudson

2nd Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Margie Schaer

2nd Jr. Expos – Bill Craze

2nd Sr. Expos – Catherine Colson

2nd Sr. Extemp – Steve Lindsay

3rd Debate – Rick Stevenson and Mark Olson

3rd Jr. Expos – Steve Kidder

3rd Sr. Extemp – Margie Schaer

3rd Jr. Extemp – Jane Foreman

Finalist, Jr. Extemp – Bill Hudson


Lower Columbia College Tournament, Feb. 21-22, 1975

1st Place Sweepstakes

1st Novice Oratory – Mark Olson

2nd Jr. Impromptu - Steve Lindsay

3rd Place tie Jr. Debate – John Stanton and Mark Wysoski

3rd Place tie Jr. Debate – Steve Lindsay and Maura Walsh

3rd Novice Expos – David Troxel

Quarter-finalist Jr. Debate – Steve Kidder and Bill Hudson

Quarter-finalist Jr. Debate – Catherine Colson and Michael Miller

Finalist, Jr. Expos – Steve Kidder

Finalist, Jr. Impromptu – John Stanton

Finalist, Jr. Impromptu – David Troxel

Finalist, Editorial Commentary – John Stanton


Shippensburg State College Tournament, March 21-22, 1975

2nd Extemp – Michael Miller

4th After Dinner Speaking – Rick Stevenson


Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, Philadelphia, PA, March 23-27, 1975

Superior, Discussion – Rick Stevenson (Highest rated individual)

Excellent – Sweepstakes

Excellent, Entertaining Speech – Rick Stevenson

Good, Debate – Marjorie Schaer and John Stanton


University of Montana Tournament, April 25-27, 1975

1st Jr. Impromptu – Steve Lindsay

Quarterfinalist Debate – John Stanton and Dennis Bergvall

Finalist, Jr. Impromptu – John Stanton